Delicious, Satisfying Tofu Recipes to Get You Out of Your Usual Cooking Routine
An extremely versatile ingredient, tofu can take on so many different flavors and be cooked in many different ways. You can even change its texture by blending it for creamy salad dressing or breading and baking for a vegetarian take on "chicken fingers." There are so many unlikely uses for this under-appreciated ingredient. Case in point? Our recipe for Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri on Toast, which is pictured here.
Looking for more creative dinner ideas that star tofu? Start with our takeout-inspired mains, including our recipe for Mapo Tofu, served with rice, which is out of this world. Kick up the heat by cooking soft, silken tofu with bean chili sauce, fermented chili bean paste, and Szechuan peppercorns. The ground pork gives the dish heft, and ginger, garlic, and scallions add brightness. Another favorite is our recipe for Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls, which come together in under one hour. The recipe is simple, but it doesn't skimp on flavor.
We also have some delicious sides, such as our crispy tofu fries. Next time you have a craving for French fries, try these instead! They're super satisfying, especially when served with Sriracha mayo, scallions, and a squeeze of lime.
Why not serve tofu for dessert, too? This Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta" is a delightful, dairy-free iteration of the traditional gelatin-based Italian treat. Juicy fruit soaked in syrup is an eye-catching and flavorful topping for creamy tofu. And would you believe that we even have a tofu recipe for breakfast? Who would want to stay in bed when the smell of cinnamon and banana is awaiting them in the kitchen? Start your day with our Vegan Banana French Toast; the custard is made with silken tofu, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. You'd never guess that it's completely dairy-free.
Gingery Tofu Ramen Bowls
Smoky Tofu Chili
Spiced and smoky, this chili recipe gets its flavor from chipotles in adobo, ground cumin, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. There's plenty of protein thanks to crumbled tofu and a can of black beans, which you'll add after the vegetables and spices cook together.
Ginger-Lemongrass Broth with Noodles, Silken Tofu, and Broccoli
Tofu with Ginger-Cilantro Sauce
Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"
Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu
Make this 30-minute vegetarian meal when you need to get dinner on the table quickly. Nutty, chewy soba noodles are dressed with a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and chili sauce, then topped with sautéed asparagus and silken tofu.
Vegan Banana French Toast
Chinese Corn-and-Mushroom Soup
In just 20 minutes, this spicy and savory vegetarian soup comes together. The vegetables cook directly in the broth (be sure to use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian); then, silken tofu, soy sauce, sambal oelek, and toasted sesame oil are added.
Crispy Fried Tofu
Tofu with Baby Bok Choy and Rice Noodles
Often the simplest dishes are the most special. This 30-minute, gluten-free meal only calls for rice noodles and firm tofu, plus flavorful ingredients like peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, bok choy, scallions, and fresh ginger.